16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to San Simeon
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Willits, Bus to 19th Street Oakland, Subway to San Francisco, Fly to Prague

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San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Simeon attractions planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to San Simeon is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Prague to San Simeon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Get outdoors at General Grant Tree Trail and Grizzly Falls. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Independence and see Manzanar National Historic Site, which is approximately 6h 15 min away. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 30°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), get great views at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors

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Crescent City

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, then take a memorable drive along Requa Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Ranch Beach and then take a memorable drive along Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Crescent City road trip site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Crescent City reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 3rd (Wed), stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, stroll through Mendocino Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Pacific Star Winery, and then immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Crescent City to Fort Bragg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Crescent City in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.